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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. I


Published July 8, 2007


LibriVox recording of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. 1.

The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a major literary achievement of the 18th century published in six volumes, was written by the celebrated English historian Edward Gibbon. Volume I was published in 1776, and went through six printings (a remarkable feat for its time). Volumes II and III were published in 1781; volumes IV, V, VI in 1788-89. The original volumes were published as quartos, a common publishing practice of the time.The books cover the period of the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from just before 180 to 1453 and beyond, concluding in 1590. They take as their material the behaviour and decisions that led to the decay and eventual fall of the Roman Empire in the East and West, offering an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell.Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian of ancient Rome." By virtue of its mostly objective approach and highly accurate use of reference material, Gibbon's work was adopted as a model for the methodologies of 19th and 20th century historians. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Date 2007-07-08
Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Run time 19:50:20


Reviews

Reviewer: GeoffreyEdwards - - December 1, 2013
Subject: Thanks
Thank you for this group recording. It would be very difficult to undertake a book like this with so many foreign names and words.
Reviewer: Timothy Ferguson - - September 14, 2011
Subject: An arduous but excellent recording
Gibbon. I've had the books for years and not cracked them open. Thanks team!
Reviewer: philyflowers - - April 16, 2011
Subject: vol 1 decline and fall --bad
the speed is a little better than others, though for a book this size it should be far more brisk and quicker, the pronunciation is of mediate quality
though the tone and sound of the narration is too low and thus poor.
Reviewer: davepaul100 - - November 18, 2010
Subject: Incredible!!!
This is a phenomenal achievement, simply phenomenal! It is such a literary as well as historical classic and this version does it full
justice. I think this is a real landmark achievement and anyone interested in history will
find it fascinating. All of life is here....
can't help repeating myself, but this is a magnum opus achievement, every history student should know about this BRILLIANT recording.
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